Is there a
"stigma" to walking with a Cane in society today?
honest answer is yes!
hate to say it, as we are in the business of selling the darn things, but
society has a "left over stigma" from the canes of the past fifty
"stigma" comes from the aluminum adjustable canes supplied by hospitals and
medical supply stores.
were creaky, clunky, noisy and institutional looking things to say the least. No
wonder they caused such a stigma in public. So you may ask, how did this come
in the 1900's we changed the way we view canes. It is disappointing that canes
began to be viewed as a medical device only, which is why so little attention
was placed on the appearance of canes available for many years.
in the 20th century the stigma of using a cane was the result of those injured
in the wars being supplied with basic ugly canes from institutions.
combined with the economic conditions of the times, resulted in most canes being
typical wooden crook canes, then later aluminum institutional style
is where the current stigma of using a cane began. They were awful looking, hard
to use ,poorly
sized and their construction was, well... garbage when compared to canes
is what may be an all too familiar story.
wife Margo was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis several years ago.
autoimmune disease, the period of diagnosis is long and often painful since they
have to test drug regiments to find one(s) that work to keep the pain and damage
to joint and organs at bay, so you can lead
a semi-normal life.
will spare you the whole story, here is one example of the pain she was
experiencing. I heard crying in the middle of the night. The combination of the
joint pain and back spasms were taking their toll on her ability to perform
out the crying was because she could not walk to the washroom by herself and was
embarrassed and in terrific pain. I
awoke to find her on the floor, clutching the end of the bed, because walking
without any assistance was too much that night.
clearly needed a cane to help with walking, as I would not always there to carry
stopped at a typical medical supply store and picked up a very institutional
looking aluminum cane. Standard offset adjustable in hospital blue.
hated the thing right from the start.
is a Teacher and in the quiet hallways of her elementary school, this cane
creaked, rattled, groaned and sort of pinged as she walked. It made her feel
old and disabled and seemed to give the same impression to her faculty and
was embarrassed at the noises it made and
the look of it made her feel self conscious. She did not want anyone feeling
sorry for her.
needed to use a cane to handle the joint damage caused by the RA and not using
it could cause a fall or further injure to those joints.
was an ugly mobility device and soon was left in her car in the mornings. Later
it was left at home and since I work from home, I noticed.
without a cane was not a suitable solution and never is, period!
looked online and found two canes that had some style and elegance to them. One
a dark burgundy color with a derby handle and the other a wood cane with a
spiral carved around the shaft.
arrived in a couple of days from Canes Canada and she loved them right away. I
measured her and cut them to size and she was off to the races, so to
was a big step forward in style and she enjoyed using them each day. She
receives compliments on her cane choice now and then, which is
later approached this little Cane and Hiking stick company to purchase the
business. The owners were struggling to grow the business,
so we took on the challenge
and added more selection and the new web store, plus faster better customer
& walking sticks offer
better support than ever, are safer, stronger, and way more stylish than what
has been available the past 50 years.
& walking sticks are now a fashion statement. There are products made for
both men and women, exotic woods, attractive patterns, brass & chrome
handles and much much more.
you go back to the end of the 18th century, Canes & Walking Sticks were
considered a must have accessory for men and women. They added to one's
personal statement and were meant to impress and support at the same
are really moving back
to those times again. Formal canes & walking sticks, turned and machined
canes, rainbow colors,
bright & bold patterns
and so many new handle styles offers a cane user so much to chose from
is no reason to feel the stigma of using a cane that does not suit your
or makes you feel old or disabled.
I said above, with the right cane you will get compliments, not stares. When
sized properly with the right handle selection, canes can ease
your discomfort and assist with
activity needed for better health and daily life.
Canada takes pride in helping our clients understand that a cane is more than a
medical aide in this modern era.
cane no longer suggests age, weakness, infirmity, but rather is an accessory to
your wardrobe while at the same time enhancing mobility to keep you safe and
So like we
A SMILE & WALK
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